Craigslist Lettered by US Officials Over Adult Services – Sweden has a Lesson

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It’s an end-of-the-day story, but today attorneys general from 17 US states sent a joint letter demanding that Craigslist remove its Adult Services section “because the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking.” NPR reports in Craigslist Asked To Drop Erotic Services Ads,

(…) “No amount of money, however, can justify the scourge of illegal prostitution and the suffering of the women and children who will continue to be victimized, in the market and trafficking provided by Craigslist,” the letter said. (…read more,

There is a very necessary issue to address in here. But it would be most wise to temper the approach of the US attorneys general with this item — today’s stunning report from titled In Sweden, Buying Sex Is Illegal. However, Selling It Is Not. In short, strict criminalization of sex work allows those using tech for access to make it easier to do bad things, as does the failure to recognize the difference between voluntary and non-voluntary prostitution. Snip:

(…) Since the Sex Purchase Act was enacted, the sex trade has been forced underground into more isolated and dangerous conditions. Statistics suggest that there has simply been an increase in hidden prostitution, including via the internet. It appears that the Swedish government may be ignorant of the many ways sex industries have been utilizing modern technology for the past ten to twenty years or so. Many people, including an incredible number of prostitutes themselves, believe the law has made them incredibly more vulnerable to violence perpetrated by buyers. Shockingly, lawmakers and authorities never burdened themselves to consult the actual sex workers or sex workers’ organizations with regard to their plight. (…)

Many women’s groups even spoke out against the law, proclaiming that the law did not protect women, but rather hurt them by reinforcing patriarchal attitudes towards women and their sexuality, thereby damaging their integrity. Conversely, supporters of the law argued that it was in place to limit men’s access to women’s bodies, although the fact of the matter remains that others are placing restrictions upon another’s own person. The law also fails to recognize the differences between voluntary and non-voluntary prostitution, and that perhaps consenting adults should have the right to freely sell or purchase sex. Simply criminalizing sex work blatantly ignores the more expansive social welfare services needed to combat prostitution, and the deeper circumstances that cause it to occur. (…read more,, thank you Rick S)

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  1. I think leaving one side decriminalised, but not the other is never going to solve the problem.

    In New Zealand, buying and selling are legal. Prostitutes can (and have) sue customers who don’t pay (including one high profile case of a policeman exploiting a prostitute), or brothels who are making them work in unsafe conditions. Prostitutes can report incidences of suspected trafficking without putting themselves at risk of prosecution. It doesn’t solve everything, but follow-up studies 8 years on show that there’s less danger in the profession with both sides legalised (follow up research:

  2. In Canada, the progression of laws knocked down over the years through Charter challenges and the like has resulted in something of the opposite situation. The selling of sex (in the appropriate circumstances) is legal and it is the buying of sex that is treated as illegal. You can see the result in the ways sex workers now handle their trade in the numerous popular magazines and newspapers.

    Viva society and the marketplace working to resolve these issues on their own and the state staying out of the bedrooms of the nation in return.

  3. Actually it’s not that very stunning for someone from Sweden. The law is quite old by now and the fact that it isn’t working has more or less been an issue since it was legislated. It’s sort of a fiasco, and it’s not getting fixed because politicians simple don’t seem to be willing to “get their hands dirty”.

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